MISC, CONTEST: Superhuman World 2009: The Trillions

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Tue Sep 29 10:51:31 PDT 2009

Press Release

(The following statement is credited to Malcolm Dunevoy, President and
CEO of Dunevoy Laboratories.)

As you know, Earth has been under alien occupation since September 8
of this year. On that date, two extraterrestrial ships landed at
Manchester, England and Novosibirsk, Siberia. Significantly, these are
both sites where giant robots materialized earlier this year.

The ships are roughly two miles long and one-tenth of a mile in cross-
section. Radar and spectral analysis says, these ships are hollow -
and filled with biological matter of similar characteristics. This
indicates, the biomatter is mostly from a single species of
extraterrestrials and their foodstuffs. Each ship is currently siloed
in the ground to a depth of one mile.

On September 11, the extraterrestrials in Manchester invited
representative humans to tour their ship. Almost all of the ship was
off limits, though. The aliens admitted, the ships are filled with
living creatures. That would indicate, ten million aliens per ship.
That in turn indicates a total species population in the trillions or

The United Kingdom has declined to consider the extraterrestrials a
threat. The Russian Federation believes otherwise. Dunevoy
Laboratories has completed a contract to neutralize the threat to
Russian soil.

The strength of the aliens seems to be in their population. Our
countermeasures were developed to summon a similarly large population
against them.

Certain parts of Earth have 125 million mosquitoes per square mile -
especially in northern latitudes during the summer. Siberia is about 5
million square miles, which may give it 625 trillion mosquitoes.
Dunevoy Laboratories has done research in animal communications, as
you know from the cyborg duck I displayed to the public earlier this
year. Mosquitoes proved to be a trivial exercise. They mostly say,
"Feed me" or "Run!", and they mostly listen to signals that say, "Food
this way" or "Run!" Our countermeasure was to deploy transmitters
which summoned mosquitoes from throughout a fifty-mile radius against
the alien ship. That is to say, eight thousand square miles of
mosquitoes, or one trillion mosquitoes.

We expected the exercise to probe the aliens' own countermeasures. But
as later analysis would prove, it went better than expected.

With a combination of "Food this way" and "Run!" signals, we were able
to coordinate the mosquitoes to hit the ship as one large mass on
September 21. The ship's air intake systems were wide open. As we
suspected, the ship had come to Earth to harvest our oxygen for their
own needs.

Half the ship was buried beneath the ground, so the mosquitoes were
dependent on the ventilation systems to get there. The systems had
filters, but we had anticipated that. Alongside the mosquitoes, we
deployed some miniaturized flying "borers" capable of penetrating the
filters and opening the way for the mosquitoes.

After the infestation, the extraterrestrials attempted several
blocking measures. They had airborne chemicals, but these had
apparently been tailored to other species and were ineffective at
first. They were also unable to seal their systems because the intakes
were already clogged. They were able to electrify their corridors and
kill some mosquitoes, but not enough to make a difference. Ultimately
they were able to jam our transmissions and borers, but by then the
mosquitoes were already in place and knew where the food was.

After several hours, the ship went silent. Russian Army biohazard
units confirmed, all active humanoids on the ship were dead.
Apparently mosquito bites are toxic to them. The aliens who were in
cold storage survived and are now under Russian custody.

Side effects to the Russian civilian population were within
expectations. The people and animals of the Novosibirsk area were of
course affected by the mosquito swarm, but fatalities were minimal.
The mosquito population of Siberia decreased by much less than one

This does not end the alien hazard. Judging from the performance of
their robots earlier this year, no countermeasure works against the
extraterrestrials more than once. The mosquito-based countermeasure
was of course tailored to the Siberian environment. If the British
Government should choose to develop its own countermeasures, the staff
of Dunevoy Laboratories is ready to consult.


Author's Notes:

This story is a sequel to "Cry for Iran", a previous contest story.
The Web version is available at http://www.eilertech.com/stories/2009/trillions.htm
.  It has links and some extra content which ties in to other stories,
but I'm sparing you that for the contest.

For the purpose of this month's concept "hero who talks to animals",
the definitions of "hero", "talks", and "animals" are taken loosely.
If you've made it this far, you've probably noticed that the "hero" of
this piece resembles Lex Luthor.  One might say, the definition of
"hero" depends on whom you ask.

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